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Waiting for the Coach

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A scene depicting the imminent departure of a young woman from her home. She stands in the lane in front of her house, gazing to the left in anticipation of the appearance of the coach, with her belongings – including a travelling chest, umbrella and a basket of flowers – on the ground beside her. Standing in the garden gateway to her right is a grey-haired gentleman, consulting his pocket watch. Behind him, on the flagstone garden path, is a woman with an arm round the shoulders of a young boy who she bends forward to speak to; he stands with his hands in his pockets. Extending across the background of the composition is the foliage-covered facade of the house with its front door open to reveal a shadowy interior.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 33.2 x W 48.4 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr James Thomas Blair, 1917

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Inscription description

Signed (initials) and dated at left bottom corner: E.B.L. 95 (a number 4 is rubbed out but can still be seen faintly under the 5)


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